Amid 'contradictory' statements from the injured person, Vinay Singh, the only eyewitness to the Varsola village petrol pump shooting incident in which two persons had been killed on Tuesday evening, the district police are still clueless about the assailants.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajjit Singh said Vinay, who took two bullets in the shooting, told the police that two people had come to the petrol pump and asked for petrol from his colleagues Vinod Singh (19) and Manohar Singh (24). Vinay said that the assailants were told that the pump had been shut down for four days for repairs and there was no fuel. The assailants then asked where the pump owner was and when one of them was trying to make a call to the owner, the assailants snatched away the cell phone and opened fire and fled the spot, Vinay told police.
Manohar died on the spot, while Vinod succumbed to his injuries at the civil hospital in Gurdaspur. Vinay survived the attack with bullet injuries in the leg and arm and is undergoing treatment at the civil hospital here. All the three employees hailed from the Manwal Upparla village of Pathankot and Vinay and Vinod were real brothers.
The SSP said that Vinay told the police that the assailants had sought fuel, but at the same time he is claiming that they had come on foot. The SSP said that Vinay had initially claimed that the number of assailants was seven, but later he said that there were only three of them.
The SSP said that the police had launched a massive manhunt in the area to nab the culprits. What provoked the assailants to open fire was still not clear, as there was no attempt to snatch cash from the employees.